When a couple gets a divorce, a spouse that works part-time or does not work outside of the home may have a difficult time maintaining the life they became accustomed to during the marriage. These spouses may be entitled to alimony or spousal support, payments made by the higher-earning spouse (the payer spouse) to the lesser-earning spouse (the payee spouse) to support them on a temporary or permanent basis after the divorce.
Types of alimony in Michigan
There are a few types of alimony that can be awarded to a person going through a divorce in Michigan. The ages, incomes, and earning abilities of both spouses, standard of living during the marriage, and various other factors are used when determining which type of alimony to award. The most common types of alimony awarded in Michigan include:
- Gross alimony – The payer spouse may have to pay the payee spouse one lump-sum alimony payment.
- Permanent or long-term alimony – Generally, long-term alimony is awarded in long-term marriages, generally to a spouse who has a health condition that prohibits them from working or in situations where one spouse makes significantly more than the other.
- Rehabilitative alimony – Typically, rehabilitative support is awarded on a temporary basis to give the receiving spouse a chance to acquire additional job skills or education so that they can support themselves.
Not all divorces involve the issue of alimony, but many do. If alimony may be an issue in your divorce, it may be in your best interest to address it with your family law attorney as soon as possible.